I have a treat for you guys today! As many of you know, I've been branching out a little bit and sort of stretching my wings, so to speak, on this blog. Having read Karen Ann Hopkins' YA books in the past, I'm thrilled to share with you her new adult Amish mystery and be a part of this amazing blog tour today. So, without further ado, please welcome Karen in sharing how she develops her incredible characters!
I think the really intriguing part of Amish fiction for the reader is learning about a group of people from an entirely foreign culture and seeing how they interact with the rest of us. But it’s challenging to get that perfect combination of realism and entertainment. I certainly don’t want my novels to read like documentaries, but I do have to explain a lot about the Amish way of life to my readers so that they understand what the character’s motives are and the reasons they behave the way they do.
An excellent way to accomplish just that is through character development. Below is an excerpt from the first chapter of Lamb. I think it’s a great example of the fine balance between teaching the reader about the Amish, while not being too bulky with details.
Thanks for stopping by today! I love to hear from readers and answer any of their questions (especially the Amish related ones)! I also have a special giveaway going on right now that I’d like to share with you. If you purchase Lamb to the Slaughter on either Kindle or Nook, you can be entered in a giveaway for a three book autographed set of the Temptation series. It includes copies of Temptation, Belonging and Forever! All you have to do is personally contact me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads or my website and let me know that you’ve purchased Lamb and I’ll get you entered. The drawing will be held on May 30th in conjunction with blog tour ending. This is a separate giveaway from the Rafflecopter above. Happy reading!
For a limited time only, Lamb to the Slaughter is available for just $2.99 from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, so be sure to get your copy today!